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The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism

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The Judgment of Paris chronicles the dramatic decade between two famous exhibitions-the scandalous Salon des Refuses in 1863 and the first Impressionist showing in 1874-set against the rise and dramatic fall of Napoleon III and the Second Empire after the Franco-Prussian War. A tale of many artists, it revolves around the lives of two, described as the two poles of art-Ernest Meissonier, the most famous and successful painter of the 19th century, hailed for his precision and devotion to history; and Edouard Manet, reviled in his time, who nonetheless heralded the most radical change in the history of art since the Renaissance. Out of the fascinating story of their parallel lives, illuminated by their legendary supporters and critics-Zola, Delacroix, Courbet, Baudelaire, Whistler, Monet, Hugo, Degas, and many more-Ross King shows that their contest was not just about Art, it was about competing visions of a rapidly changing world.

With a novelist's skill and the insight of an historian, King recalls a seminal period when Paris was the artistic center of the world, and a revolutionary movement had the power to electrify and divide a nation.

Synopsis:

While the Civil War raged in America, another revolution took shape across the Atlantic, in the studios of Paris: The artists who would make Impressionism the most popular art form in history were showing their first paintings amidst scorn and derision from the French artistic establishment. Indeed, no artistic movement has ever been quite so controversial. The drama of its birth, played out on canvas and against the backdrop of the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune, would at times resemble a battlefield; and as Ross King reveals, it would reorder both history and culture, and resonate around the world.

About the Author

Ross King is the author of the bestselling Brunelleschi's Dome and Michelangelo & the Pope's Ceiling, as well as the novels Ex-Libris and Domino. He lives in England, near Oxford.

Table of Contents

Chez Meissonier — Modern life — The lure of perfection — Mademoiselle V. — Dreams of genius — Youthful daring — A baffling maze of canvas — The Salon of Venus — The tempest of fools — Famous victories — Young France — Deliberations — Room M — Plein air — A beastly slop — The apostle of ugliness — Matre Vel

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802718419
Publisher:
Walker Books
Subject:
Impressionism (art)
Author:
Ross King
Author:
King, Ross
Subject:
Painting, french
Subject:
General History
Subject:
History - Impressionism
Subject:
Impressionism (Art) -- France.
Subject:
Painting, French -- 19th century.
Subject:
Art, french
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Subject:
Art; impressionism
Subject:
World History-France
Subject:
Art-Impressionism and Post Impressionism
Subject:
Art : History - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
May 2009
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
464

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » Artists
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Europe General
Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
Arts and Entertainment » Art » History and Criticism
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , While the Civil War raged in America, another revolution took shape across the Atlantic, in the studios of Paris: The artists who would make Impressionism the most popular art form in history were showing their first paintings amidst scorn and derision from the French artistic establishment. Indeed, no artistic movement has ever been quite so controversial. The drama of its birth, played out on canvas and against the backdrop of the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune, would at times resemble a battlefield; and as Ross King reveals, it would reorder both history and culture, and resonate around the world.
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